The truck driver shortage is a major issue for the road transport industry in most developed countries, including Australia.
And it’s not just finding quality truck drivers, half the battle is keeping them in a market that gives well-trained professional drivers the chance to pick and choose where they work.
One major U.S. transport company has shared its secrets to recruiting and retaining truck drivers during the driver shortage.
PGT Trucking runs 1,000 prime-movers and 1,500 trailers in North America and boasts a driver turnover rate in 2018 of just 53%.
That’s a 14% improvement from 2017 and well down on the estimated industry average of 94% in the U.S.
The business is managing to keep their drivers and keep their trucks moving by offering leading benefit packages and home time, and boosting driver pay by 25%.
While they’re also benefiting from a driver referral program too.
“There is a robust demand for transportation services, and right now, the industry needs about 60,000 drivers to meet these demands,” – Gregg Troian, PGT Trucking President.
“PGT has worked hard over the last year to implement recruiting and retention programs that make a difference to drivers.”
Nearly half (48%) of their current driver stocks have come to the company via the driver referral program.
“Our drivers are our best recruiters.”
“We are not working to fill seats; we are working to find professional drivers who exceed our standards and want to be a part of our team for the long haul, and those individuals are rewarded accordingly,”
“Despite the growing turnover rate nationally, PGT has been able to decrease ours, retaining a higher-calibre, safe driver.”
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